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Mar 24, 2013 12:25pm EDT
friday the secretary of defense announced changes to our homeland missile defense posture and planned including plans to deploy an additional 14,000 -- 14 ground-based interceptors and alaska to stay ahead of the evolving north korean missile threat. two previous flight tests of the gmd system using the latest model of the xo atmosphere kill vehicle, ce2 resulted in failure. agel make clear that they will work as intended. intended. the missile defense is taking steps to ensure that this will work reliably and effectively before we produce or deployed more. they have already conducted a successful test in january and an intercept test is planned for late this year. we are also planning an earlier center intercepted this summer. we want to demonstrate that the system works as intended. it is important that we have confidence in the system. that we try before we buy. we also have a plan to increase our defenses of the united states against iranian long-range missiles with warheads are scepters deployed in the united states rather than in europe. secretary chuck hagel also emphasized tha
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